Bess grew up on the ocean and then an organic farm nestled in the Blue Mountains, Australia, spending a childhood in wonderment of the earth, the sky, and all the mysterious beings that lived between. She has been practicing yoga more than half her life, beginning at age 14 when she began a daily practice with the help of a Louisa Sears video she found in her mum’s cupboard. Her teachers include Tara Judelle, Rose Baudin, Elena Brower, Sally Kempton, Carlos Pomeda and Rod Stryker. Bess has also studied with Duncan Peak, Tiffany Cruikshank, Donna Farhi, Gwyn Williams and Emil Wendel. She moved from Sydney to Byron Bay in April 2015 to open Farm Yoga, which transformed into Creature Yoga in January 2016. She has been teaching yoga since 2011 and is Yoga Alliance ERYT200 and RYT500 certified.
As a committed practitioner, teacher, portrait photographer and mother to 3 beautiful young children, Tahl Rinsky lives and breathes the teachings of yoga throughout every aspect of her life. Born in NYC and raised in Israel, Tahl now calls the beaches of Byron Bay Australia home where she co-owns and teaches regularly at Creature Yoga. Officially introduced to Ashtanga as a child by her Mom, Tahl established her own practice upon returning to New York in her late teens. While travelling in Australia 12 years ago, Tahl was introduced to the Melbourne Ashtanga Yoga Centre and her primary teacher Dena Kinsberg. In 2012, pregnant with her 3rd child, she completed teacher training with Dena (2000 hours) at the Byron Shala and more recently completed Level 1 Teacher Training in Vinyasa (RYT 200 hours) at Essence of Living International. As a teacher, Tahl shares a creative and accessible blend of Vinyasa and Ashtanga in a strong, fun and dynamic style. Her classes, like her photographic work, celebrate the raw beauty of life’s moments and the individual strengths each of us carry within.
It was the physical aspect of yoga that initially captured Emily’s attention. However, it was the calmness and clarity she experienced at the end of each class that sparked her interest to delve deeper into the teachings of Yoga. Emily completed a year apprenticeship with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss in Sydney in 2009 and taught full time at Yoga Synergy receiving her 500hr Yoga teaching certificate. In that time she met Clive Sheridan and began deepening her understanding of Yoga with the teachings of Advaita Vedanta and Tantric philosophies in India. Emily has since gone on to study the healing potency of Yoga, completing a 600hr Post Graduate Diploma of Yoga Therapy, under the guidance of Dr N. Chandrasekaran MBBS (Dr NC) in the Krishnamacharya tradition with Yoga Therapy Australia. Currently Emily works as a Yoga therapist at a private rehab centre in Byron Bay and is also studying a Masters of Social Work (counselling). Over the years, Emily has facilitated workshops and retreats in Sydney, Bali, India and Vietnam. Emily delights in sharing her passion for yoga, yoga therapy and yogic philosophy with others.
In the Hindu religious tradition, Ananda signifies eternal bliss, understood to be at very core of the human experience. Yoga is a practice aiming at conscious union with this blissful foundation of our being (Sat-Chit-Ananda). As such, yoga has been part of Ananda’s life from the time of her conception; however, she has been teaching yoga for 12 years and practicing many more. Ananda is a dedicated SmartFLOW certified teacher and teacher trainer, completing over 3000hrs of teacher training's who is known to teach with humour, grace, and technical precision. As a former yoga studio owner, Ananda cultivated community and culture of teaching and practice with the SmartFLOW methodology. Through many years of love and hard work, she instilled an indelible sense of curiosity and awareness in her teachers and students. Her dedication to the process and practice of yoga continues to remind us that life is in state of constant change. She believes yoga is deep listening, an act of physical and mental attuning, which increases the possibility for personal change. Yoga allows for a greater range of movement, so we might be able to adapt and grow in harmony with the moment. Ananda continues to study and apprentice with her beloved teacher Annie Carpenter.
Passionate about blending eastern and western perspectives in her teaching, Dana is known for her ability to weave together intelligent sequencing, articulate alignment, and practical insights in a light-hearted and accessible manner. She travels across the globe to lead 200HR Teacher Trainings with Yoga Medicine and Tiffany Cruikshank, and is an anatomy lecturer for the Creature Yoga 200Hr Teacher Training program in Byron Bay. Dana is a contributor to Yoga Journal, Yoga Digest, Well Being Yoga Experience, DIY Active, and Yoga Medicine’s social media.
Dana has completed the 500hr Yoga Medicine certification and is more than halfway through an anatomy and therapeutic 1000hr master teacher certification. Her teaching career started in Sydney in 2013, shortly after completing her 200hr teacher training with Power Living Australia Yoga.
Dana's personal yoga practice began almost 20 years ago. She was introduced to yoga through her dance teacher at 12 years old and practiced daily in high school in place of traditional gym classes. She developed her personal practice in her mid-20s, strongly drawn to mental and emotional benefits during a time of change and uncertainty in her life. Physical injuries brought her to delve deeper into anatomy and the therapeutic side of yoga.
Kristina is a dedicated student of Yoga , having experienced first-hand the powerful transformative effects that Yoga has when practiced regularly. Her passion for yoga lies in the interconnection of mind and body, and how we can use one to influence the other. She encourages her students to slow down, breath and listen to the wisdom of their bodies. Her style includes Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Meditation with a background in Pilates and Personal Training. Classes with Kristina focus on centering and soothing the mind, developing strength, balance and grace in a gentle manner with the power of affirmation and intention. Kristina has over 600 hours of Teacher Training in Hatha, Yoga Therapy and Yin Yoga.
Growing up on the beaches of the Gold Coast, Clare discovered yoga when she was at university study Fine Art. At 23 she completed her first yoga teacher training in Ubud with Radiantly Alive, and went on to assist and mentor in Bali for 5 years on their many Teacher Trainings. Here she was fortunate to study with Emil Wendel, Simon Borg-Olivier, Edward Clark, Alanna Kaivalya and Dena Kingsberg. Between her Bali residencies Clare has been a senior teacher at Essence of Living on the Gold Coast, where she has worked with her beloved sister Michelle Merrifield for more than a decade, teaching over 15 public and private yoga classes a week. Clare has been fortunate to further her studies in India, traveling to both Mysore and Rishikesh to experience the richness of Indian philosophy and explore the origins of her teacher's teachers. Most recently Clare completed Lance schuler's Teacher Training in Byron Bay and is deeply inspired by the experience and abundance of teachers and students who call Byron Bay Home. Clare’s classes are influenced by her playful creative nature and are the perfect blend of dynamic movement and soul infused stillness.
Having been immersed in the art of movement for over the last two decades Fee has a passion for sharing her unique understanding of dance, acrobatics & yoga. She began competing as an elite gymnast at the age of five & following an injury in her early teens later went on to travel and teach extensively as a dancer. Fee discovered a passion for yoga in her early twenties and has since completed over 700 hours of yoga training with several world renowned teachers. In 2009, Fee graduated with an honours degree in Psychology so her teaching is also deeply inspired by the impacts yoga can have on our mental processing and emotional capacity.
A fiercely passionate and soulful teacher, Cassie’s classes are a sweaty, fun mash-up of refined alignment based vinyasa, as well as the quieter, nourishing practices of yin yoga and meditation. After many years living and teaching in Hong Kong, Cassie has returned to her home country Australia and set up home in Melbourne and Byron Bay.
Cassie is an Anusara Inspired teacher and has studied with many incredible teachers, primarily Anusara founder John Friend and her main teacher and friend, Patrick Creelman, who has greatly influenced her ‘wild yet steady’ style. She has been teaching for over 10 years and during this time has also had the pleasure of studying with many other renown teachers including Sarah Powers, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Baron Baptiste and of course our home-grown original Duncan Peak.
Originally from the Bay Of Islands, New Zealand, Jamie has been teaching yoga asana for the past 16 years. He completed a 3 year full time apprenticeship at the Yoga Arts Academy, Melbourne under the guidance of Sw. Jivan Prahlad founder of Ghatastha Yoga.
Ga-tush-ta is a form of Hatha yoga with an emphasis on the co-ordination of breath & movement. The style is a carefully prepared program of dynamic & fluid movements that balance all systems of the body to achieve deep physical & mental harmony. Ultimately, by cultivating awareness through specific breathing & movement techniques combined with a loose & natural attitude, the practitioner enters meditation.